FABlab hosts robotics classes for underpriviledged youth

Twelve (12) learners from the Physically Active Youth (PAY) Centre attended robotics classes at FABlab Namibia, one of NUST’s Centres of Excellence. The learners, aged between 8 and 17 attended classes for six weeks.

PAY is a Katutura-based after-school Centre for young people from disadvantaged communities.

FABlab chose to partner with PAY in an effort to uplift communities through teaching young people the basics of coding, building robots and using critical thinking and engineering design processes to solve problems and complete tasks.

This was conducted through operating robots to move, lift, push and pull objects. “In a country where there are so many young people, it is vital for the youth to keep up with these cutting-edge trends. Gaining science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics skills will breed more innovators and talented tech-entrepreneurs in Namibia,” said Kirstin Wiedow, the FABlab Director.

The NUST engineering and computing students have also been involved in FABlab’s initiatives through mentoring of the learners. Furthermore, the students have developed robotic arms and drones as part of projects at FABlab.

Date: 
Friday, September 8, 2017
for Month: 
September, 2017

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